Post-term pregnancy and induction of labour resources

This page lists all the resources available from Dr Sara Wickham on the topics of post-term pregnancy and induction of labour.

Sara is an author and researcher who wrote her PhD thesis on post-term pregnancy (completed in 2008).

She has written two bestselling books on induction of labour. They are Inducing Labour: making informed decisions and In Your Own Time: how western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop.

Sara Wickham speaks all over the world on this topic from the perspective of wanting women and families to make the decisions that are right for them.

This page lists all of the resources on this topic that are available on this website. Sara also offers online courses and live events for midwives and other birth workers who would like to increase their knowledge in this area.


Sara’s books on induction of labour

In Your Own Time

Inducing Labour

Key articles for women and families:

Ten things I wish every woman knew about induction of labour: the article

Induction associated with more interventions and adverse outcomes

Induction increases the chance of caesarean

Has the pandemic affected induction of labour?

How to cancel a labour induction?

What is a stretch and sweep?

Induction of labour: what do women think?

Induction of labour at or before 42 weeks of pregnancy: new evidence

Recurrent episodes of reduced fetal movement and pregnancy risk

Why are some women dissatisfied after induction of labour?

More evidence on why women are dissatisfied after induction of labour

How do women feel about induction of labour for post-term pregnancy?

Explaining the induction postcode lottery


More blog posts:

The 2021 NICE guideline on inducing labour

Ten reasons to question the draft NICE Guideline on inducing labour

Ten things I wish every woman knew about induction of labour

Induction of labour and avoidable harm

Fixed point due dates and wider windows (part 1)…

Fixed point due date or a wider window (part 2)…


Research updates and discussion articles:

Women’s LMP dates are just as accurate as scans…

Pregnancy length varies even more than we thought…

The madness of modern measurement

Birthillogics #1 – induction for advanced maternal age

Questioning induction of labour in older women (part 1)

Questioning induction of labour in older women – part 2

Can I have a natural placental birth after induction?

Induction, augmentation and autism…

Let’s be clear: labour onset is either spontaneous OR induced!

Membrane sweeping for induction of labour

Women’s experiences of cervical ripening

Further evidence that inducing labour in healthy women increases the chance of caesarean

Castor oil for labour induction


Research articles:

Does induction really reduce the likelihood of caesarean section?

Journeying With Women: holistic midwives and relationship

Post-term Pregnancy: The Problem of the Boundaries

Stretching the fabric: from technocratic normal limits to holistic midwives’ negotiations of normalcy

If you’d like to chat with me about these ore related issues, I often speak on this topic and I often talk about induction-related issues and research in my online courses. I’d love to see you there.
You might also like to subscribe to my free, monthly Birth Information Update to receive regular updates on new research and thinking on this and related topics.